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Rays Knock Around Wilson, Take Middle Game From Angels

 

ST. PETERSBURG -- Chris Archer pitched seven strong innings, and Evan Longoria and Logan Forsythe each homered to give the Tampa Bay Rays a 10-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.

Tampa Bay got to C.J. Wilson with two outs in the first, when the left-hander walked Brandon Guyer and allowed a two-run homer to Longoria to open the scoring.

Wilson's troubles would not end there, as he allowed a one-out single by Loney in the second, followed by a walk to Curt Casali and an RBI single by Logan Forsythe to make the score 3-0.  Desmond Jennings then bunted for a base hit to score Casali to make it 4-0, and after Ben Zobrist's bunt single loaded the bases, Brandon Guyer chased Wilson with a two-run single to make it 6-0.

Archer worked easily through the first three frames, but stumbled in the fourth, as Albert Pujols led off with a base hit, and moved to second on a walk to Erick Aybar two batters later.  Howie Kendrick's ground rule double scored Pujols for a 6-1 game, while David Freese added a second run with a groundout.  C.J. Cron then singled Kendrick to third base, and Hank Conger's double cut Tampa Bay's lead in half, scoring Kendrick.  However, Archer struck out Kole Calhoun to end the threat there.

The right-hander would get back on track in the fifth, and finish six complete frames without surrendering any more runs, earning his seventh win.

Tampa Bay tacked on four more runs of insurance in the eighth, as Michael Roth gave up a solo homer to Forsythe, and RBI souble to Zobrist, and RBI singles by pinch-hitter Matt Joyce and Yunel Escobar.

Tampa Bay will look for the series victory Sunday, when Jake Odorizzi takes on Jered Weaver.

 

 

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